Upton Cheney Chilli Festival

Nestled in the countryside somewhere in between Bristol and Bath in the village of Upton Cheney is Manor Farm the home to Upton Cheney Chilli Company. The farm has been growing chillies in their poly-tunnels since 2009 and once a year plays host to a celebration of all things chilli at the Upton Cheney Chilli Festival. A couple weekend's ago we visited the festival on Sunday to join in the festivities and feel the burn! You may have noticed that I have more than a *mild* (sorry) love for hot sauce, so unsurprisingly I think a chilli festival is pretty much the best thing EVER.

My highlight of the day has to be getting to sample all the entries in the UK Chilli Con Carne cook off championship where you can buy yourself a spoon and get to try 12 different chillies! There were also lots of lovely stalls selling and sampling every type of chutney and hot sauce you could imagine, entertainment on the main stage included music acts and a fresh chilli eating competition - which was surprisingly fun to watch, there were plenty of great food options and the bar severed Bath Ales - what's not to love!? My absolute favourite trader was Mr Vikkis. We discovered him last year and have bought from his online shop a number of times since - his chutneys and pickles are really special!

This was our second year visiting the Chilli Fest, we had such a lovely time last year but it definitely seemed bigger and better this year. Of course it helped that the sun was shining but there was a really nice vibe at the festival, all the traders and people running the events seemed so passionate and knowledgeable about what they do and everyone was very friendly.  It'll definitely be in my diary again for next year. This I'd love to go with more friends and camp for the Saturday night (when there is a barn dance!) I think there's certainly enough going on to keep you busy for the weekend and more time spent there means more time to eat *ALL* the food!

But you don't have to wait to next year's event to visit the chilli farm check out the Upton Chilli Co website for details of farm tours and tasting experiences. The Manor Farm shop is open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays and you can even do a spot of Glamping on site with the wonderfully named Pepper Bells! Or shop online here.

1 comment:

  1. Looks like you had a great time, and your photos are lovely.
    I love chilli so this is right up my street!!